HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (September 12, 2016) -- Members of Wind Crest retirement community's Readers Theater are now in rehearsals for an upcoming fall performance of Driving Miss Daisy.
The play, set in the 1950s, tells the story of an elderly Jewish woman in Atlanta, Georgia, who can no longer drive. Her son arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn. While their relationship gets off to a rocky start, they slowly form a close friendship over twenty years that transcends racial prejudices.
Led by resident Jack Ligget, the 40-member Readers Theater group presents three to five productions a year in Wind Crest's 250-seat Arts and Enrichment Center.
"Pieces range from short skits to longer dramatic selections, including cuttings from play scripts and often a variety of poems or other readings where interpretation of character as well as mood and intent become important," says Jack.
Driving Miss Daisy will be a staged reading of the play. Instead of memorizing the script, actors will read it. "Otherwise, it is like any other play performance," Jack says. "The performances include 3 experienced actors supported by 12 other members of the group who assist with costume changes, set piece placement and removal, and lighting and sound to keep the story moving smoothly forward."
"I really look forward to interacting with the Readers Theater group," says Wind Crest resident Woody Doyle, who plays Hoke Colburn. "We have established a core group of friends. During theater we are able to establish a good rapport with people."
He says the activity not only provides social interaction, but also mental stimulation. "As we get older, we need to do things that keep our minds as sharp as possible. The premise behind Readers Theater is that it's difficult for us to memorize, so we memorize as much as we can and read from the rest. We are able to hone our skills and also present entertainment for our fellow residents."
Driving Miss Daisy will be performed November 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.